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14 May 1995 (USA) See more »
An aging easygoing private eye is hired to protect an actress whose latest movie is being boycotted by a group of religious fanatics. | Add synopsis »
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James Garner ... Jim Rockford

Richard Romanus ... Penguinetti

Joe Santos ... Lt. Becker

Renée O'Connor ... Laura Sue Dean

Aharon Ipalé ... Branka
Reuven Bar-Yotam ... Milovan D'Sant

Eric Lutes ... Danny Barkley

Morton Downey Jr. ... Himself

Robert Desiderio ... Jerry Michaels

Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin

Stuart Fratkin ... Jerry Jamison
Mark Davenport ... Marty Martinson

Vince Melocchi ... Kyle Wendell
Bari K. Willerford ... Zack

Joel McKinnon Miller ... Mackie

Nils Allen Stewart ... Stevie
Elsa Raven ... Sarah Lanka
Sparkle ... Woman #1

Christine Romeo ... Sister Eve

Carl Ciarfalio ... Brother Bob
Shane Sweet ... Little Zeke
Joseph M. Hamilton ... Man #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ken Tipton ... Angel's Bodyguard (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeannot Szwarc 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen J. Cannell 

Produced by
Juanita Bartlett .... executive producer
David L. Beanes .... producer
Stephen J. Cannell .... supervising producer
David Chase .... supervising producer
James Garner .... executive producer
Mark Horowitz .... producer
Chas. Floyd Johnson .... executive producer
Maryann Rea .... associate producer (as Mary Ann Rea)
Original Music by
Mike Post 
Cinematography by
Steve Yaconelli 
Film Editing by
Pamela Malouf  (as Pamela Malouf-Cundy)
Casting by
David Giella 
Production Design by
Sandy Getzler 
Art Direction by
Ann Harris 
Set Decoration by
Robert L. Zilliox 
Costume Design by
April Ferry 
Makeup Department
Caryl Codon-Tharp .... hair stylist
Charlene Roberson .... makeup artist
Production Management
David L. Beanes .... unit production manager
Carey Len Smith .... post-production supervisor (as Carey Smith Ludwig)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lester Wm. Berke .... second assistant director
Clifford C. Coleman .... first assistant director
David D'Ovidio .... second second assistant director (as David L. D'Ovidio)
Art Department
Bill Fannon Jr. .... property master
Robert Hale .... head paint foreman (multiple episodes)
Sound Department
Norval D. Crutcher III .... supervising sound editor
Ron S. Herbes .... adr editor
Ron S. Herbes .... dialogue editor
Ron Horwitz .... supervising sound editor
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
Sean Rush .... sound mixer
Kevin Spears .... sound editor
Dean St. John .... adr mixer
Lydian Tone .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Thomas Love .... special effects coordinator (as Tom Love)
Roydon Clark .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Douglas L. Adam Jr. .... assistant camera
Tom Barone .... gaffer (as Thomas Barone)
Ron Stafford .... key grip
Thom Willey .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bridgitte Ferry .... costumer
Editorial Department
Michael Karlich .... assistant editor
Michael Levy .... colorist
Music Department
Patty McGettigan .... music editor
Transportation Department
Robert Benjamin .... transportation captain
Steve Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Paul Brinkman .... location manager (as Paul Brinkman Jr.)
Susan Hayes .... production accountant
Gillian Murphy .... script supervisor
Fred Tepper .... computer display graphics
Jessica Abrams .... production assistant (uncredited)

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120 min (including commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Nice Cast Chemistry - A Blessing, 3 July 2004
Author: mscl-1 from California, USA

"A Blessing in Disguise" proved very entertaining, with James Garner reprising his droll "Jim Rockford" character from the "Rockford Files" series. Mr. Garner has definite chemistry with Renee O'Connor, later of "Xena: Warrior Princess" fame. Here, O'Connor does a fine job as a plucky, self-centered-but-likable actress whose life is threatened by religious zealots. But all is not what it seems -- and Rockford aims to get to the bottom of it to keep his client/friend alive. The Garner-O'Connor relationship has a special "father-daughter" charm.

While the plot seems a bit far-fetched, there are cute send-ups of the Hollywood celebrity scene and Televangelists who scam their viewers. Listen especially for O'Connor's character's remarks about bodyguards and a certain famous Hollywood TV starlet. Worth a chuckle.

The interplay between Garner and O'Connor and Garner and Stuart Margolin ("Angel Martin" from the original "Rockford Files" series) really makes "A Blessing in Disguise" worth catching when it's available.

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